A warm breeze and Frank Sinatra. This is New York City in the summer to me.
Every time I have been to New York before this past weekend, it has been either freezing cold or at least a little chilly. The warmest month that brought me to New York was April, which still included at least a light jacket. While walking through Central Park in the summer air, I was reminded of all of my favorite New York City rom-coms, for example, When Harry Met Sally, Little Manhattan, How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days, 13 Going on 30, Annie Hall, Bride Wars, You’ve Got Mail, and so many more.
Christmas might be the best time to walk around the best-decorated city, but the summer definitely takes second place. No one is restricted by the cold air or has to worry about their coats, hats, and gloves. The warm air attracts people to go outside and see what their city has to offer.
Considering that this is the first summer that I’ve ever had without a strict schedule, I made it a priority to travel to the Big Apple at least once. This trip would be my second time visiting in college and also staying with one of my dearest friends from home. Every night was filled with laughs and much-needed quality time together.
This trip to New York was much different than the ones before. My friend worked everyday that we were there and I was partially there for business. I’m sorry…when did we all become adults because I’d really like to know? Anyway, I had to entertain myself a little bit, which wasn’t that hard in one of the world’s most exciting cities. I tried to spend my time visiting friends and exploring. Each day I was there I walked about 10 miles.
One of my favorite things that my friend and I did on this trip was going on the rowboats at the Loeb Boathouse in Central Park. We got bagels before had and had a morning of “boats and bagels” while rowing through the Central Park Lake–what precious morning, right?
Later that day, while my friend was at work, I caught up with a friend from high school who is interning in the city for the summer. After exploring Strand Book Store, he and I walked from Greenwich Village alllllllll the way to the Bastille Day Festival at 60th and Lexington. However, long walks seem so short when you’re in good company and the day altogether went by so quickly.
That night, I FINALLY went to the social-media-famous DŌ (the cookie dough confections place) and it was delicious, however I would only recommend getting one scoop because if you get any more, your stomach will suffer.
The next two days were spent with meetings at various PR companies and a little exploration. In the early morning, I journaled in Central Park while listening to Frank Sinatra. It wasn’t late enough to be hot outside and everything seemed right in the world. I could not wipe the smile off of my face. Although it was a busy day, I was also able to visit my friend from college at the PS1 MOMA in Queens and the exhibits were very interesting. I would recommend going.
One night, my friend decided to surprise me with a dinner. Before dinner, we strolled through Brooklyn Heights and fell upon the best view of Manhattan on the Brooklyn Heights Promenade. Dinner ended before the sun set, so we spent a portion of the night watching the sun set over the city while listening to Frank. It all felt magical.
New York never ceases to amaze me with its surprises. Whether it’s encounters with people, the inexplicable energy, or the abundance of yellow taxis in the days of Uber and Lyft takeover, New York seems timeless to me in many ways. The summer air brings a new attitude to the city and it’s one that I like a lot. The energy always brings a smile to my face and an excitement to my attitude. Try walking down the busy streets listening to my “Frank the Tank” playlist on Spotify, and maybe you’ll feel the electricity, too.
Perhaps I’ll be living in NYC during its summer months one day. I hope so. But until next time, I’m happy living off of these positive memories. I’ll be back soon, New York.